Kids can be less skeptical than adults and more willing to believe that something can bring them good luck (or bad luck). They also might test out a superstition to see if it's true. I love it when story characters have their own, personal superstitions that are unique to them. I suspect there are likely some superstitions or sayings that are specific to particular regions or settings.
Some common bad luck superstitions:
- Friday the thirteenth is an unlucky day
- If you walk under a ladder, you will have bad luck
- If a black cat crosses your path you will have bad luck
- Breaking a mirror brings you seven years bad luck
- Opening an umbrella in the house brings bad luck
- Step on a crack, break your mother's back
- Wearing an opal when it is not your birthstone is bad luck
Some common good luck superstitions:
- A rabbit's foot brings good luck
- Finding a four-leaf clover brings good luck
- Wearing clothes inside out will bring good luck
- If you blow out all of the candles on your birthday cake with the first breath you will get whatever you wish for
- Crossing your fingers helps to avoid bad luck and helps a wish come true
As I'm thinking about these, I'm remembering my grandmother and some of her sayings, which have passed along to me through my mother. I'm also starting to hear the voice of a highly superstitious story character in my head!
Have you ever created a story character with any superstitions about what is lucky or unlucky? Or have you come across any stories where superstition plays an important role?
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